The U.S. economy is posting solid growth and the stock market is booming. The unemployment rate is approaching historic lows. And yet many in the American workforce are not seeing the benefits of it, according to a new NPR/Marist Poll. The new poll finds that while jobs are plentiful, they are increasingly unstable for many Americans who say they receive fewer benefits, work with less permanency, and earn uneven pay from month to month.
20% of all American workers are contract workers (Those who are hired to work on a specific project or for a fixed period of time.)
51% of contract workers don't receive benefits from their jobs.
49% of contract workers have income that varies greatly from month to month or seasonally.
65% of contract workers are male and 62% are under 45 years of age.